I voted actually for everything but crunchy part. And I totally agree with Lisa, in the post above, as well.
As far as 'religious' reasons, I believed God created me capable of gloriously giving birth long before I got pg... my mom used to be very crunchy and I was raised believing that birth can be painless (can
be, not necessarily is) and that it was a fantastic experience, not to be missed, so I always had a very positive view of birth. I guess you can say I feel very 'led' spiritually to have our next one at home. Waiting for dh to get led down that same path, but he's coming around. And if a baby that hasn't been conceived yet can tell you where they want to be born, this next one(s) is definitely doing that.
I think the big picture type reason of why I want a UC is the reason why I do all of the 'natural living' things I do. I feel like gov't and materialism (aka big business) have hijacked the roles families and especially parents are meant to play in this world. I think educating yourself, exploring your options, and making wise choices for yourself and your family results in people taking a stand against a culture of so called "experts" and fearfulness guiding our decisions.
Clearly there are parents out there everyday that make choices, by default or by design, that shock and appall the MDC crowd, but what breaks my heart about it is just how many make those choices in complete ignorance, only to regret them. So many of us have come to Mothering and all that goes along with it because something bad happened to us or someone we loved, and we vowed to find a better way. SO ... while I don't broadcast my choices on local radio.. I do try to subltly introduce 'new' ideas when people seem open, and try to really support women I see doing the same things. I hope that I can get even one of my friends to question the status quo and start the process of learning that will, one hopes, lead them down a more natural path.
Sorry~ I get carried away! I try not to judge others choices, and it just makes me so SAD when I hear about a woman who ends up with a C-section or a circumcised son or a baby suffering from the effects of formula, because she didn't know there were better ways out there. I think, maybe if I go UC, someone else will at least go for an unmedicated birth! Or at least go to a hospital birthing CNM.. I mean, if you're going to make (what I believe to be a lousy
) choice, at least know
why you're making it! Be able (or at least have the audacity
) to defend it!
Illusions of granduer...